PORT NOTES

July 14, 2016

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe BALLAST WATER REGULATIONS MAY EVENTUALLY IMPACT PORTS The US Coast Guard has published guidance to vessel owners and operators seeking to extend compliance dates for implementing ballast water management (BWM) methods. It also cleared up much confusion surrounding the term “compliance date” by creating two different categories of compliance date: “original compliance date” and “extended compliance date.” Since the publication of the new policy, the Coast Guard has granted nearly 6,000 extensions, surpassing the number of all previous extensions by over 200 percent. One issue is the use of alternate management systems (AMS) onboard vessels that have chosen t

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